Friday: Tigers at Angels

Running late, so here are the lineups. Omar Infante, mired in an 0-for-19 slump and 1-for-9 off Tommy Hanson, gets the night off in favor of Ramon Santiago.


  1. Austin Jackson, CF (2-for-3, K off Hanson)
  2. Torii Hunter, RF (2-for-3, K off Hanson)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B (0-for-1, walk, K off Hanson)
  4. Prince Fielder, 1B (5-for-16, HR, 4 K’s off Hanson)
  5. Victor Martinez, DH
  6. Andy Dirks, LF
  7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Ramon Santiago, 2B (1-for-2, K off Hanson)

P: Anibal Sanchez


  1. Peter Bourjos, CF
  2. Mike Trout, LF (1-for-4, HR, 2 K’s off Sanchez)
  3. Albert Pujols, DH (3-for-15, 3 K’s off Sanchez)
  4. Josh Hamilton, RF (4-for-4, 2 walks off Sanchez)
  5. Mark Trumbo, 1B (2-for-6 off Sanchez)
  6. Howie Kendrick, 2B (2-for-6, 2 K’s off Sanchez)
  7. Chris Iannetta, C (0-for-9, 3 K’s off Sanchez)
  8. Brendan Harris, SS
  9. Luis Jimenez, 3B

P: Tommy Hanson


Thank God for the law departments in Boston and this country. So proud to be an American. At the same time truly greatful for our Tigers and sports in general to get away from the madness for a few hours. God Bless and go Tigers!!!

Wow! As Jim Price would say.

Can we score a run?

I was just wondering the same thing. I thought that the Tigers I can’t hit mediocre pitchers thing that we’ve seen over the last several years was over? Guess not!

Terrific! Good job Jhonny!

How can they possibly have it listed as an earned run for Sanchez?

They changed it.

I think that gameday has the run as earned until the end of the inning. A double and the run was cleaned for example

2 on again, but with no outs. Can we get a run or 2?

almost triple play.

Bring those guys back to Detroit. They hit pretty good in that 35 degree weather. Tigers look sluggish and tired.

They look like they have in years past”……can’t hit mediocre to bad pitchers.

and Anibal is giving them a quality start and they are wasting it, so far.

I don’t think Hanson is a mediocre pitcher but it’s hard to believe we’re trailing 2-0 in this game.

I would say time to move down Dirks in the batting order

We’ve scored two runs in the last how many

30 innings … Was that a rhetorical question?😉
— Bob

14 plus 1 plus 9 plus 6 .Yes

Russo? Díaz?

Lowe having control problems and Santiago goes up there swinging and bunting. Come on, Ramon.

I’m not holding my breath. We have had guys on base every inning, haven’t we?

And then two walks. Could have been three with some patience. Well, now’s the time.

Based loaded.

I can’t write what I’m thinking!

Saw it coming. Prince is killing us this week. He’s suddenly overanxous.

This is ridiculous. How many times can a team with the stars on offense continue to fail with RISP. I dont want to hear Rod slobber about how great the Tiger offense is anymore. They are feast or famine. Sanchez and Verlander have deserved better than this the past two day.
— Bob

And runs come that easy for the Angels. Because they know how to play small ball.
— Bob

Cabrera should do the monster eye black on Fielder to get him out of his funk – like fielder did to Cabrera last year.

And now VMart becomes impatient too


3 down and making swing at the first pitch

2 runs in 32 innings … zero runs in 17 innings … looks like the 2013 World Series.
One home run in 5 games, I think. How is that even possible?
— Bob

Sorry 2012 World Series … oops.
— Bob

Thats my cue. Good night all.
— Bob

1. No walks from the starter.
2. Avila has 2 good singles. Wow!
3. Villareal doesn’t implode. However Dotel does.

Subtle danger signs here. Dotel could be done. Glaring weaknesses from the defense tonight. The crisp look wasn’t there. Santiago has lost his spark. No one asserted leadership tonight. Cabrera hit the ball hard all evening. Sanchez was behind the eight ball all evening long. Just a very ugly game. Good AM to everyone!

First, Hanson has good stuff He is better than mediocre but has been plagued by injuries. The starters for the Angels who have less than average stuff are Blanton and Vargas. Weaver is out and his fill-in, Richards, may or may not prove adequate.

Secondly, I was at the game tonight and was given pause by the fans for the Angels, who gave Hunter a standing ovation and displayed several signs expressing gratitude for his contrbutions to the home team. The recent reaction to Inge in Toledo, where he was pelted with peanuts and insulted, flashed through my mind in stark contrast.

Scoreless streak is broken!! Turn the page. Start over tomorrow. We need one win to make the trip successful. Go Tigers!!!!

It sure feels like Prince has gone hitless since getting player of the week award.

Well now its starting to look like dotel is pulling a valverde. It might be time to get rid of some of our older pitchers. Our bullpen is getting smacked around pretty good. Plenty of kids in the minors pitching well like putkonen, alvarez, etc. even rondon. Idk but im tired of watching our bullpen give up bunches of runs.

Glad I went to bed early”……….nice to know they couldn’t manage more than one single run against pitchers with a combined era’s nearing 30. These are the Tigers I’ve known for years…… down to competition.

Combined ERAs nearing 30?

Dotel is DONE! Time to send him packing.

I’m not sure why the negativity about Hanson. He is only 26 and finished third in the ROY race in 2009 at 11-4 with a 2.69 ERA. In the years since, Hanson posted 3.33 and 3.60 ERAs in what is a hitters park for the most part. Last year was not so good. He has battled injuries, but looked back to form against the Tigers.

Hanson is not a bad pitcher as I said during the game. I watched him pitch many times in the NL. Someone was just frustrated.

I hope we don’t go into these extended offensive funks again this season. How the Tigers react the next two days may tell us something.
Good on the LA fans for the ovation for Hunter, and even more good on Torii for being the kind of guy who deserved it. He’s going to be able to look back on his career with a lot of pride.

The power is sure missing from our bats. Miggy has only 2 dingers. Infante. Dirks, Vmart and the bench have Zero among the lot of them.
This team needs to put the ball over the wall. Without that part of the game they will have a lot of frustrating losses.
I agree about Dotel. He just seems to have one pitch and in one location.

And Porcello will start

421/.500/.579/1.079 at LAA stadium in only one game in his career.
In 7 games:304/.356/.491/.847 vs Halos

Dotel split vs LHB have been bad for years. He has been the mirror image of Coke. A Roogy .
But now he is being hit from both sides of home . And being hit harder by RHP.
He is done

A point for my theory. Scioscia bringing in a LHP for Mguel . Knowing he has a lower BA and HR rate vs LHP and Fielder , but for the fist two weeks of this season , has a big split

RHP vs LHB and vice versa. Managers often go with the “Fear Factor”. Even though the numbers will indicate otherwise. Especially with RHB. They seem to forget that RHB are hitting against RHP probably 70% of the time. They see lefties less. I think this is even more pronounced in regulars. Bench guys often excel against opposite arm pitchers because their ratio of at bats against them is higher. They seem them more often!

There is talk of expediting a decision on VV, who has performed well to date. Might he replace Dotel?

We are all frustrated with the Tigs when they can not get the runners in with 2 outs. Hopefully everyone is rested today. Why was Torii “rested” on Thursday? Omar on Friday? Sorry Ramon but you are hitting .111. Yes, I would like to see some home runs!

We are going to see our share of losses this year. It’s the losses that come from poor play, or poor managing that hurt the worse. A good team will find ways to win and they will have very few clunkers throughout the course of a season. Team-wide batting slumps and poor approaches at the plate are not hallmarks of a “good” team.
A good team plays the game well, even when they lose. We are still prone to have a team that mystifies the fans. A team that looks inept at times.
The keys, in my mind, are the sorting out the bullpen (obviously) and getting the bottom of the lineup engaged. Avila, Dirks, Peralta and Infante have to have better at bats and they have to it with consistency.

I have a hunch that Dotel is more injured than he let on. He is more important in the Fall than now. If you need to DL him, do it.
Santiago looks lost. Not only is his bat not performing, his defense was poor yesterday. Might be time to eat his salary.

We have serious issues on the bench. Ramon is ineffective and has been for some time now. 2E has size. That appears to be about it. Not a terribly useful outfielder. He’s going to strike out more and more. Donny Kelly is a great guy and a very useful defender. But we’ll be lucky if he hits .230
The jury is out on Pena. The fact he is good defensively is a plus. As his his ability to switch hit. We need production out of our backup catcher to offset the disappointment we have with Numero Uno, Alex.
I do believe we will see Nick Castellanos soon. And they will give him playing time against RHP if Dirks continues to struggle. Danny Worth seems like a logical replacement for Ramon, whose days, I feel, our numbered.

Santiago is older now, and he doesn’t get near as much PT as he used to. He used to show up prepared to play everyday, and did indeed go in quite often as a defensive replacement. That’s not happening anymore. Whoever takes his place on the bench will need to sit for extended periods.

octavio don’t tell!

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